Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm Wishing for a Scrapbox--How about the Minibox?

I have been having so much fun drooling over every item at The Original Scrapbox and so I wanted to share another item. The contest is winding up tomorrow and I wanted to feature one more totally, cool, creative item and remind you to vote for #319, just click here and it only takes 3 seconds to vote!! Thanks to everyone for their votes and for stopping by my blog to say Hi!

Doesn't this make you want to get that pretty paper out and start scrapping? I love making cards and there are so many different doo-hickeys I need to store: eyelets, ribbon, brads, buttons, scissors, stamps, ink pads, and the list goes on and on and on.

The Mini Box™ is every crafter’s dream - in a smaller package! It’s a workspace and a storage solution that looks like a beautiful, high-end piece of furniture. There are drawers, nooks and spaces for all of your stuff!

On wheels, The Mini Box is fully transportable. It folds up into a handsome box, hiding all of your supplies from sight. This system comes with a work table and adjustable shelves.

I totally thought this was just a beautiful cabinet with a great counter when I saw it in real life! I would've never guessed that inside was the fold-out storage system for every crafter's dream! Here's some dimensions:

(2) 6"width x 12"length x 12"high
(14) 12.25"width x 12.25"length x 3"high
(4) 12.25"width x 12.25"length x 5.5"high
(12) 3"width x 12"length x 3"high
(8) 5.5"width x 12"length x 4.5"high
Total: 40

Included Clear Zipper Pouch Sizes:

(2) 13" x 6" Medium
(8) 6" x 6" Small
Total: 10

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of The Minibox. I'd love to hear your ideas about crafting. What's your interest?

*Just a reminder to stay tuned for an incredible giveaway and lots of fun stuff this summer!

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Ribbon Box

The Ribbon Box is another product from The Original Scrapbox and I'm so excited to have one of my own!! I'm going to need more ribbon to fill it! A fantastic, canvas box, The Ribbon Box holds 27 spools of ribbon and is the crafting invention all of us ribbon-tangled crafters need.
I took some pictures of my new Ribbon box, hope you enjoy.

There's still time to vote for The Cutest Craft Giveaway! My entry is #319 and I'm vying for the EZ View Craft Desk.

Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway on this blog from The Original Scrapbox!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Running For It

I went running this morning again and I enjoyed it this time. My baby, Dawson, is 8 months old now and over the past couple months I've tried to get back into my running groove. Unfortunately, my groove has said things like,
"You slacker, you took off a year! Just because you were pregnant and your feet were swollen, this groove doesn't stay open for slackers."

So, I've had a hard time finding my groove, but I'm all about pushing myself and so I laced up this morning. And it didn't hurt quite as bad and I found my groove for a few minutes! I ran around my neighborhood for 20 minutes and then as I approached my house and looked at my stopwatch, I thought, "Wow, I don't feel like throwing up today, maybe I can do this!" and just because I could, I pushed myself and ran right past my house and around a few more blocks for another half-mile ending at 24 minutes run time.

It felt awesome, even though my body kept telling me things like, "You've had 3 kids, maybe you'll just have to walk."

But I did it and I plan on running again, hopefully before Saturday, but if not I'll keep trying. So if you don't like running you may be thinking I'm weird because why would I want to torture myself? And on another day, I might agree with you. But today I think I conquered another obstacle in my way and it felt great. Things like this help me keep going in the crazy pattern of my life. Running reminds me that I can do the tough stuff and find joy despite challenges.

As I huffed and puffed around the block today, I thought about how running is like writing. Writing is very enjoyable, but the quest to be a published author is extremely hard and full of all kinds of obstacles and *rejections*. But I'm never going to quit trying because if I take a break from the onslaught of writer-ly punishments that come my way in the form of rejection, revision, rewriting, and did I mention rejection?--then I will lose my groove.

Over the past four years, I have traveled leaps and bounds from the novice writer I was to who I am now and I know that my path is far from complete. I learn new things all the time and I enjoy the challenge. I've found a groove I'm comfortable in and I'm working hard to make my words stronger than the obstacles they face.

Anything worth doing requires effort, dedication, and determination. I want to be a successful author of many published works and all I can say is, I'm running for it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The EZ View Craft Desk

I wanted to share with you an amazing new line of furniture for people who love to craft, sew, quilt, scrapbook, etc. You can see all the fabulous products at The Original

I entered a contest, "The Cutest Craft Giveaway" at their website and I'd be so thrilled to win an EZ View Craft Desk--yep this is the prize! So I'm doing a little shameless promotion because I wanna win!!! This furniture is high-end, meaning it looks beautiful, it's sturdy and built to last. Have you ever pawed through a drawer trying to find something, like that pair of scissors, craft brads and eyelets, thimbles, markers, etc.?

I have done this too many times to count with my sewing drawer and I'm thinking how cool would this be to see right where everything is, pull out the drawer which slides along ultra-smooth tracks and grab what I need in a second.

This is what the EZ View Craft Desk is about---organizing your crafts and tools so you can use them with ease and happiness, instead of digging through a drawer with gritted teeth trying to find what you need. Can you tell I've done this before?
The clear top is just one perk of this ultra-awesome desk. Do you see the cabinet above? It is lined with black material so handy velcro storage bags can be attached. The side of the desk holds 8 different storage drawers, which can be labeled for your storage needs.

Like I said, I'd love to win this desk, so please click on this link and vote for me, contestant #319. My darling little girl Maggie is holding 2 cute cards that I made and sitting on a quilt I made for my girls' bed.

You can vote once every day until May 28th and if I win I will share with you one of my favorite card-making recipes on this blog. So go check out The Original Scrapbox and vote for #319 today! Thanks in advance for voting!

Stay tuned for more details and giveaways from this fabulous new company on my blog!

Welcome to Crafter's Heaven at The Original Scrapbox

Holy Cow! Have I found the ultimate dream gift for the crafter in your life, or what?
Do you love to scrapbook, stamp, quilt, and create? Then I think you'll love the Workbox from The Original Scrapbox.Yes, this is a picture of the Workbox, and you have to go to their website to see the coolest video on how it works. The whole thing folds up, hides the mess, and then easily moves wherever you need it to go on wheels. This is a sturdy piece of furniture which will hold everything imaginable in a beautiful storage space.

I entered a contest for the "Cutest Craft Giveaway" and I'd love your votes. Just click on this link and then vote on CONTESTANT #319 --the one with the darling little girl holding 2 cute cards, sitting in front of the adorable quilt--yes, I made them all! :)

You can vote once a day until May 28th when they announce the winner. Please vote for me, #319 and enjoy Crafter's Heaven at The Original
The Workbox is on my wish list! Check out The Original to see all of the fabulous products available to organize your craft room and start making your wish list.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy to be a Mother

I hope everyone had as great a day as mine was yesterday. I enjoyed Mother's Day because my kids were so excited to celebrate with me.

Saturday my husband took the girls shopping for some mother's day treats and that night helped them to make cards for me and they spent quite a bit of time on their creations. They kept telling me, "Don't look, Mom."

When my 6 year old went to sleep Saturday night, she said, "I'm so excited for your Mother's Day!" She had placed her homemade card for me on her dresser so she could give it to me as soon as she woke up in the morning.

Sunday morning was beautiful. I didn't sleep in because my baby needed to eat his breakfast, but the birds were singing and the sun was coming over the mountains with such a gorgeous effect that I didn't mind. I went outside and listened to them while I held my baby and thought how grateful I am to be a mother of three beautiful children. It still seems so amazing to me because I remember a time when I feared that I would not be able to have children.

I suffered from miscarriages and infertility and remember the period in my life filled with yearning for a child. I guess that's why yesterday was so wonderful for me. I feel such gratitude that after my long years of trial (which in retrospect don't seem like the eternity they felt at the time) the Lord has granted me such blessings as my two daughters and my baby boy. I love my children so much and my life is so different and wonderful because of them.

I don't get eight hours of sleep a night, I never eat a meal uninterrupted, I clean up poop on a daily basis, my nerves are often frazzled from someone teasing and the other one screaming, I have stretch marks and I'm getting some wrinkles, if you can't find me I'm probably in the laundry dungeon, and if I can take a shower without someone peeking at me it's a lucky day...but

I wouldn't want it any other way because nothing compares to snuggling with a baby, singing with a six-year old, and laughing with a three-year old. I get unlimited hugs and kisses every day, get told "I love you" dozens of times, receive one of a kind artwork and beautiful dandelion bouquets, and although this stage won't last forever, I know that right now I am the sunshine in my children's world.

I hope you all had a wonderful mother's day and I'm glad I had a chance to write this down, so I can come back and read it later to remind me what is most important.


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